File photo: US President Donald Trump. Photograph:( AFP )
Trump believes that unlike his predecessors, he has what it takes to negotiate a good deal for the US
US President Donald Trump stirred up the hornet's nest on Tuesday when he offered to mediate on Kashmir. Trump, while hosting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House, even said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate on Kashmir - a claim sternly rejected by India.
But this is not the first time that Trump has offered his expert advice on the major global issues. Trump believes that unlike his predecessors, he has what it takes to negotiate a good deal for the US - be it North Korea, Iran, the Israel-Palestinian issue and now Kashmir.
The US President has invested a great deal of time, energy and effort into talking to North Korea. Recently, Trump became the first sitting US President to set foot on North Korean soil when he met Kim Jong-un last month.
Last year, Trump pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear agreement. He thinks it is a lopsided deal and that the world should lean on Tehran to further curb its nuclear ambitions. Today, Washington's European allies are in talks with Iran to prevent the deal from unravelling.
The other issue that has engaged his attention is the Israel-Palestinian issue. Trump has made his son-in-law Jared Kushner the point person for what is known as the 'deal of the century'. It is still a work in progress, but some countries in the region have already begun distancing themselves from it.
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And now he has spoken about Kashmir. Trump said if he can help, he would love to be a mediator - the statement has not gone down well with New Delhi.
India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in Parliament that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not ask US President Donald Trump to mediate in the Kashmir issue and that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. "Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross-border terrorism," Jaishankar said.